I’m in a mad whirlwind while trying to finish up the 50 or so books that I have started but not finished in the past few years, so my posts will probably be quite a hodge-podge. I am working on a big, long entry about Church History in Plain Language, but I shall save that for another night because I am nursing at the keyboard right now 😛
Tonight’s lesson for myself is on tolerance and comes from Turansky and Miller’s Say Goodbye…
People have an alarm in their heads that is set to a specific tolerance level. When they’re irritated or annoyed, the alarm goes off.Â Each person’s alarm is set differently… The good news is that tolerance levels aren’t permanently set.
Recently I’ve been more tired (go figure… with a baby and all…) and I’ve noticed that my tolerance levels have gone down considerably. At the same time I’ve noticed that my children’s tolerance levels with each other have gone down. This is most certainly related. I needed this little reminder tonight to let me know that I need to work on reseting my tolerance levels and not being so testy. 😛
This passage also prompted me to think about how each of my children respond to different circumstances. For example, my son is incredibly tolerant when it comes to waiting for his turn, but he is not so tolerant when it comes to his personal space. My daughter, on the other hand, is comfortable with people being quite close to her, but she has a tough time waiting for her turn. My children can learn a lot from each other, and I can learn from each of them. It is easy to forget that what may not bother you may be very annoying to someone else.